Tag Archives: Nonprofit Executive

Assessing Charity Navigator’s New Ranking System

July 7, 2016 — 

New nonprofit rating system changes evaluation methods for revenue and administrative costs Earlier this year, Charity Navigator announced it would be introducing a new charity rating methodology, dubbed CN 2.1. The updated version of the charity rating system consists mainly of changes made to…Read more…

Free Software: Too Good to Be True

June 13, 2016 — 

Free software may cost more than you think. Imagine you’re in the market to buy a car. When doing research, what do you look for? Does it have to be sporty? Have 4-wheel drive? Will you only consider blue cars? Or cars with leather…Read more…

How to Define + Measure Social Impact

June 10, 2016 — 

When measuring social impact, actions speak louder than words. Nowadays, everyone wants to talk about social impact: helping society, making a difference, giving back to the community. While the sentiment is admirable, without quantifiable results, it’s just a warm fuzzy…Read more…

STUDY: Growth Trends in Fundraising

April 20, 2016 — 

A new study was recently released that highlights growth trends in online fundraising, advocacy, and nonprofit organizing. The 10th annual M+R Benchmarks Study, dubbed “Benchmarks X”, examines growth trends in 2015 data collected from over 100 organizations across multiple sectors of the…Read more…

HR Panel: Recruiting & Retaining Millennials

April 18, 2016 — 

Annual luncheon explores best practices for recruiting today’s youth Earlier this month, StratusLIVE was honored to be included among local business leaders gathered at Regent University for their annual luncheon to discuss strategies and best practices for finding, recruiting, and retaining today’s…Read more…

Wounded Warrior Heats Up the Overhead Debate

March 29, 2016 — 

Wounded Warrior Project reveals how criticism over spending and overhead costs could threaten more nonprofits By now, chances are good that you have probably heard about the shakeup earlier this month at The Wounded Warrior Project. The already well-known nonprofit became something of…Read more…

REPORT: How Do Your Fundraising Campaigns Stack Up?

February 2, 2016 — 

The Nonprofit Research Collaborative released its annual Special Report on Nonprofit Fundraising Campaigns and it’s chock full of great information for nonprofits of any size. The Nonprofit Research Collaborative (NRC) conducts surveys twice a year. This survey covered capital, endowment,…Read more…

Workplace Giving in 2016 and Beyond

January 28, 2016 — 

Workplace giving serves as the fundraising backbone of many nonprofit organizations. Indeed, the solvency of many federated funds depend on it. Some companies choose run their own workplace giving campaigns while others partner with local nonprofits to help handle the logistics. The…Read more…

REPORT: Creating Better Donor Relationships

January 14, 2016 — 

It’s not easy to build lifelong donor relationships. Doing so requires a commitment to change your fundraising culture by moving past outdated methods and toward a more comprehensive view of donor relationships. It can sometimes be a daunting prospect to shift from…Read more…

Intuition Versus Insight

December 31, 2015 — 

Gain insight into your nonprofit decisions with facts and figures, not guesses. Recently, I was having a conversation with an acquaintance of mine who happens to be the Chief Operating Officer of a midsize nonprofit. We were discussing the intersection…Read more…

Microsoft Venture Expands Philanthropic Investment

December 8, 2015 — 

Tech giant reaffirms commitment to philanthropic mission with launch of new organization  Microsoft is known for its charitable programs, mainly thanks to the ongoing work of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. One of the reasons that StratusLIVE is built on the…Read more…

The Best Practice Fundraisers Aren’t Practicing

November 26, 2015 — 

There are many obstacles to overcome to become a master fundraiser. But the biggest roadblock for many is fear. Fear of failure. Fear of alienating your donors. Fear of being perceived as something you are not. Fear of rejection. Thankfully, there…Read more…

Giving Preferences Drive Fundraising Methods

October 29, 2015 — 

Donors will tell you how they want to give. Your nonprofit needs to listen. Before I ever began to realize my dream of helping nonprofits become lean, mean fundraising machines, I worked in the marketing department of a large publishing company that distributed to hundreds of markets nationwide….Read more…

3 Brand Building Rules for Successful Nonprofits

October 28, 2015 — 

Back in 1998 I took over a website for a struggling faith-based organization. The project came on referral from a successful client who asked me if I could “help out a friend”. As we got deeper into the project, it…Read more…

Prescriptive Analytics: Using Data to Make Great Decisions

August 28, 2015 — 

Does analysis matter? The world of data analysis is filled with swirling information from countless directions, as well as complex nomenclature and acronyms. But at the end of the day, what really matters to your mission is action and results….Read more…